ESG reporting and performance study shows high ambition and growing maturity

Read the full story at ESG Today.

No longer an afterthought, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) metrics have moved from the margins to the mainstream.

Envizi recently conducted a study to take a pulse on how ESG reporting and performance is being tackled. We culled the 150 responses down to 96 respondents with roles in sustainability, ESG, finance and procurement, and the C-suite.  The respondents represented a wide range of industries including manufacturing, commercial property and financial services.

How are we going to build all that clean energy infrastructure?

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Most analyses find that to manage climate change, the United States will need to double or triple the size of its electric transmission system to move low-cost wind and solar energy around the nation and back it up with always-on power plants. But new report from Clean Air Task Force and the Niskanen Center finds that the current piecemeal, project-by-project approach to expanding U.S. electricity transmission won’t get us there. It instead calls for a new system to rapidly scale capacity — including by potentially establishing a National Transmission Organization that would plan, site, and fund a national grid to ensure that burdens and benefits are fairly shared.

The report synthesizes the findings from independent research and a workshop composed of a diverse array of experts from academia, industry, and environmental organizations. It outlines a wide range of options for revamping U.S. transmission oversight, planning, and permitting. Additionally, it includes both a pathway with a better organized private sector presence and a pathway with greater government engagement. These possibilities sit on a spectrum, and creative hybrids are possible.

Energy storage investment on track to top $5 billion in 2021, report says

Read the full story in PV Magazine.

A reported 345 MW of new energy storage systems were brought online in the second quarter of 2021, according to the U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report.

Tiny swimming robots may help clean up a microplastics mess

Read the full story at Science News for Students.

To tackle a big environmental problem, chemists in the Czech Republic have been thinking small. Really small. Their new miniature robot has one purpose: To help clean up tiny bits of plastic polluting waterways across the globe.

New art exhibition tackles the harmful effects of microplastics on the environment

Read the full story from Concordia University.

Multidisciplinary group The Synthetic Collective, including Studio Arts associate professor Kelly Jazvac, explores the complexities and perils of our addiction to human-made materials.

NSF-funded project to evaluate open-access educational resources

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Brian Couch, associate professor of biological sciences at Nebraska, is leading a new NSF-funded project to assess the quality and implementation of open educational resources: publicly available lesson plans, lab activities and other course materials designed, in this case, for undergraduate biology courses.

Water Survey team launches podcast for drinking water professionals

by Trish Barker, Prairie Research Institute

Water operators, technical assistance providers, regulators, consultants, private well owners, and more all have a role to play in protecting public health.

The team behind both and the Private Well Class is launching a new podcast to strengthen connections between the many stakeholders involved in this effort.

Tap Talk: The Drinking Water in Rural America Podcast will connect more of the dots about the importance of formal and informal partnerships, helping us all ensure that every American has water that is safe to drink.

The first season of Tap Talk runs through Nov.18, with episodes releasing every Thursday. You can find Tap Talk on the podcast website or from your favorite podcast app. Listen to Tap Talk

Tap Talk is a collaboration between the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and the University of Illinois, with funding from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. The show is hosted by Steve and Jennifer Wilson of the Illinois State Water Survey.

Steve Wilson is a groundwater hydrologist who has been with the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois since 1983. He authored The Private Well Class, an online self-paced curriculum for private well owners, and manages, an online resource for water and wastewater operators geared toward supporting small systems. Steve has a M. S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer Wilson is a web content specialist at the Illinois State Water Survey, where she coordinates communications and content development for and The Private Well Class. Jennifer has been at the University of Illinois since 2008 and previously served as an environmental scientist at U.S. EPA. Jennifer has a B.S. in Geosciences from Trinity University and an M.S. in Soil and Water Science from the University of California, Riverside.

This post originally appeared on the Prairie Research Institute News Blog. Read the original story.

World’s biggest machine capturing carbon from air turned on in Iceland

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Operators say the Orca plant can suck 4,000 tonnes of CO2 out of the air every year and inject it deep into the ground to be mineralised.

India may host massive amounts of PV module waste by 2030

Read the full story at PV Magazine.

India’s solar capacity growth up to 2030 also means the accumulation of a significant amount of PV module waste due to early failures or damage during transportation, installation, and operation. The waste generation could be 21 kilotons, assuming India’s cumulative installed PV capacity grows to 287.4 GW by 2030, from 40 GW in 2020. This doesn’t include end-of-life panel waste, as PV systems installed in the 2020-30 period are assumed to have at least 30 years of lifetime.

Li-Cycle to expand spoke network

Read the full story at Recycling Today.

The company’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama, spoke, its fourth, will have an initial processing capacity of up to 5,000 metric tons of manufacturing scrap annually.